Tennis superstar Ash Barty said today she was extremely proud to be named Ambassador for Queensland’s Greater Springfield community – a region she still calls home.

Ms Barty said she was honoured to take on the new role, which will see her working with Springfield City Group on causes she is passionate about – including education and sport.

“I’m particularly proud of this new partnership because of my long history and strong connection with Greater Springfield, which remains very close to my heart,” she said.

“I grew up here with my family and attended local schools, and these days depending on my tennis commitments I like to come home and unwind over a game of golf at the Brookwater Golf & Country Club.”

At 23, Ash Barty scored the world number one ranking having won eight singles titles and ten doubles titles on the WTA Tour. She was recently awarded The Don at the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, the coveted Sportswoman of the Year Award and named the Young Australian of the Year.

A proud Indigenous woman, she said she was “very excited” about Greater Springfield being home to the Hymba Yumba School.

“I’m hoping I can combine my new role, as well as being the National Indigenous Tennis Ambassador for Tennis Australia, to make meaningful and direct connections with the community including local Indigenous students, and get them playing and enjoying tennis,” she said.

“As a woman playing professional sport and obviously a big supporter of women’s sport, knowing Springfield City Group has a close association with the new Brisbane Lions Women’s AFL stadium also makes me proud to be part of this growing and thriving community.”

Developed by the Springfield City Group south-west of Brisbane, Greater Springfield is one of Australia’s fastest growing developments.

Springfield City Group’s Managing Director Raynuha Sinnathamby said Ash Barty’s new role was a wonderful endorsement for the community.

“Ash’s down-to- earth nature and team-work approach has earned respect from players, fans and commentators around the globe,” Ms Sinnathamby said.

“All Australians look up to Ash as a talented player. She is someone who is extremely genuine, humble, family orientated and a fantastic role model.”

Ash Barty is the second famous Australian sports star to lend their name to Greater Springfield, with Greg Norman designing the golf course which sits at the heart of the development.